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September 18, 2011 1:30 PM BST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ M. Jones‎
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Player Ratings: Tottenham 4-0 Liverpool

Modric, Defoe and Adebayor were on target as rampant Spurs eased past the Reds, with red cards for Adam and Skrtel compounding a miserable afternoon for Kenny Dalglish's side

By Andrew Kennedy at White Hart Lane

  • Brad Friedel
    127
    16
    3.50

    Brad Friedel

    The opposite of his counterpart in the Liverpool goalmouth on Sunday afternoon. The 40-year-old was solid, although rarely called upon, and was quick and accurate in his distribution.

  • Kyle Walker
    102
    30
    3.50

    Kyle Walker

    Stood up well to the threat of Downing and Carroll, and offered an outlet down the right on the overlap, although looks unsure when entering the final third.

  • Younes Kaboul
    118
    23
    4.00

    Younes Kaboul

    Looks a rock at the back when partnered with King, and gave a similarly strong performance. Solid in the air and the tackle as he dampened any threat that Liverpool briefly posed.

  • Ledley King
    169
    18
    4.00

    Ledley King

    It’s no coincidence that Tottenham’s second clean sheet in a row comes in tandem with their captain’s second consecutive start. Stood up well to the blunt threat of Carroll, and coolly played the ball from the back to provide an attacking foundation.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    102
    28
    3.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Held off Suarez well when needed to, and ensured neither Henderson or Downing could provide anything down the flank.

  • Niko Kranjcar
    198
    26
    3.50

    Niko Kranjcar

    Linked up well on the right hand side with both Adebayor and Walker, setting up an early opportunity for the Togolese striker. Was replaced at half-time by Van der Vaart, possibly due to injury as his performance was not lacking.

  • Scott Parker
    170
    27
    4.00

    Scott Parker

    The 30-year-old did the job he was brought in to do by Harry Redknapp, breaking up play and not allowing the Liverpool midfield a moment's rest on the ball. His England place looks assured after a solid display, despite the robust attempts from Carroll, Adam, Lucas and Suarez to undo him.

  • Luka Modric
    425
    23
    4.00

    Luka Modric Top of the Match

    Any hard-feelings over the Croatian’s attempts to angle a move away from Tottenham this summer will no doubt have been banished by his fantastic strike from the edge of the box after six minutes to open the scoring. Cool and collected in possession as well, he dictated the midfield.

  • Gareth Bale
    136
    29
    3.50

    Gareth Bale

    May not have provided the impact that is now expected of him, but his pace and power provides a great outlet on the left. Twice found Defoe well in the opening stages, and drew in the fouls that would eventually prove to be Liverpool’s undoing.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    286
    30
    4.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Workrate and quality in abundance from the on-loan striker, who linked up well with Defoe and provided a constant threat to the Liverpool goalmouth. Possibly should have opened the scoring himself after five minutes, but made no mistake when rebounding Defoe’s effort, flicking the ball over the scrambling Reina before finding an empty net and grabbing his second minutes from time to make it 4-0.

  • Jermain Defoe
    144
    30
    4.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Seems to be forming an understanding with Adebayor, and also may well be finding the form that alluded him throughout last season. Scored a superb goal, holding off Enrique as he spun to rifle the ball past Reina and double his side’s lead.

Substitutions

  • S. Bassong
    46
    26
    0.00

    S. Bassong

    Replaced Ledley King with 10 minutes left on the clock.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    136
    31
    3.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Replaced Kranjcar for the second half, and proved just as effective an outlet, linking up well on the right before moving into the middle as Spurs saw out the game comfortably.

  • Giovani dos Santos
    84
    22
    0.00

    Giovani dos Santos

    Replaced Defoe with 10 minutes left to play.

  • Pepe Reina
    61
    67
    2.50

    Pepe Reina

    The Spaniard couldn’t be held accountable for allowing Luka Modric’s sublime effort as the ball flew into his top left hand corner. Was at fault for Tottenham’s third goal of the afternoon, spilling Defoe’s shot before Adebayor followed up with the rebound.

  • Martin Skrtel
    47
    137
    2.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Lost the ball cheaply to Bale as the home side nearly doubled their lead after 13 minutes, and soon resorted to cynical challenges to prevent the Welshman gaining ground on the left hand flank. Eventually paid the price mid-way through the second half, when he received a second yellow card for fouling the winger.

  • Jamie Carragher
    34
    101
    2.50

    Jamie Carragher

    No glaringly obvious errors from the Liverpool captain, but Adebayor and Defoe were allowed too much time on the ball in and around the box, and were able to hold the ball up unchallenged at times.

  • Daniel Agger
    123
    42
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    The only Liverpool player who really turned up on Sunday afternoon, with two great last ditch interceptions blocking Jermain Defoe’s attempts from the six-yard box. Unfortunately the defender injured himself whilst doing so, and was replaced by debutant Sebastian Coates in the first half.

  • José Enrique
    49
    78
    2.50

    José Enrique

    Allowed Defoe to turn far too easily for the striker’s goal, whilst giving Walker, Krancjar and Adebayor far too much space down the right hand side.

  • Jordan Henderson
    35
    103
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    Non-existent display from the former Sunderland man, as he failed to find his role in a game which largely bypassed him.

  • Lucas Leiva
    40
    84
    2.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Just as lost in the centre of the midfield as his first half partner Adam, and was ran in circles by the triangular passing of Modric, Parker and Kranjcar in what was a forgettable afternoon for the Brazilian.

  • Charlie Adam
    64
    187
    1.50

    Charlie Adam Flop of the Match

    Poor in possession and overran by the Spurs central midfielders from the start. A second yellow card for catching Parker high with his studs put an end to the Scotsman’s sorry afternoon.

  • Stewart Downing
    39
    81
    2.50

    Stewart Downing

    Showed glimpses of some nice touches, but to no real avail as he wasted possession too frequently. Switched flanks, but still failed to make an impact. Replaced by Spearing with 20 minutes left to play.

  • Luis Suárez
    104
    60
    2.50

    Luis Suárez

    The downside to the Uruguayan was on display at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with Suarez busy without actually doing a great deal. Gradually became frustrated by the lack of service and influence in the game. Replaced by Bellamy with 20 minutes to play.

  • Andy Carroll
    61
    147
    2.00

    Andy Carroll

    Did little to repay the faith shown in him by manager Kenny Dalglish in the wake of recent criticism from England boss Fabio Capello, and by reinstating him to the starting line-up. The expensive striker was static up front, and offered little in terms of a partnership with Suarez.

Substitutions

  • Sebastián Coates
    74
    53
    2.50

    Sebastián Coates

    A baptism of fire for the debutant, who replaced the injured Daniel Agger in the first half. Was caught out by the pace Adebayor and was lucky to only receive a yellow card after bringing down the Togolese striker as seemingly appeared through on goal.

  • Jay Spearing
    48
    48
    2.50

    Jay Spearing

    Replaced Downing with 20 minutes left on the clock, and could never be expected to make an impact with only nine players on the field.

  • Craig Bellamy
    52
    48
    2.50

    Craig Bellamy

    Given a run out in place of Suarez, but similarly could not expected to change a game which had already reached its conclusion.

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